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BE IT REMEMBERED, that the White County Commissioners held a regular meeting on October 1, 2007, at 8:00 a.m., in the White County Courthouse, 2nd floor, Commissioners’ Conference Room.

Commissioners’ present was: President John C. Heimlich, Vice President Steve Burton, and Member Ron Schmierer. Also present was the White County Attorney George Loy, White County Auditor Jill Guingrich and the Commissioners’ Assistant Donya Tirpak.

Commissioner Heimlich called the meeting to order.


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the minutes for the September 17, 2007, regular meeting as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the payroll for October 9, 2007, as presented, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve and pay the claims as advertised, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Connie Neininger, Economic Development Director, discussed a new program that the state has come out with called the Indiana Hometown Competitiveness. Right now, the state has made it pretty clear that it is not a grant.

The core organizations comprising the Indiana Resource Team include: Ball State University’s Building Better Communities; Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs; Indiana Grantmakers Alliance; Indiana Rural Development Council; Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development/ Extension Service; and USDA – Rural Development. These organizations will be providing resources to communities to help with economic development.

This program will aim to help communities focus on:

  • Mobilizing local leaders and building community civic capacity;

  • Energizing local entrepreneurs to build a strong economy;

  • Capturing wealth transfer to raise development dollars; and

  • Attracting young people to strengthen community demographics.

Connie said that the state is asking us to fill out a questionnaire and the state has said that they want communities that work well together. They do not want dysfunctional counties. Connie said that this will take the strategic planning committee to the next level.

The state is going to select between 6 and 12 communities to be the pilot communities for this project. After these communities have been implemented, they will then go out to the other community’s making the steps.

Connie said that the state will announce in February who the communities are that have been selected. If we are chosen, our county would have to commit to about $7,500 to the project. Connie said that she has received commitments from the Community Foundation and the Realtors Association supporting the project financially. The balance of the funds that are needed will be paid out of the Strategic Planning money.

Connie asked the Commissioners’ to approve her, Economic Development Organization, to take the first step in filling out the application requesting White County to be considered as one of the pilot projects.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the Economic Development Organization to file an application for White County for the Indiana Home Town Competitiveness program, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous


Don Ward, County Engineer, appeared before the Commissioners presenting a contract submitted from Jim Barker for the engineering work to raise Tioga Bridge. Mr. Barker left word with Mr. Ward that after the contract is approved, the work wouldn’t take long at all.

Commissioner Heimlich asked if Carroll County’s name was going to be added to the contract because they will be responsible for 40% of the engineering cost. Don Ward said that he will talk with Mr. Barker to have Carroll County added to the contract.

Commissioner Heimlich wanted to know if the Carroll County Commissioners’ are still wanting this to be done. If they weren’t still interested in raising the bridge, Commissioner Heimlich suggested raising our side of the bridge 60%.

Don Ward said that we should have enough information gathered within the next two weeks and discuss it at the next meeting.

The Commissioners’ discussed the money that the SFLECC said that they would commit to the engineering cost. They had thought that the SFLECC was given a quote from Mr. Barker for the services to be $15,000. Right now, the contract is showing that it will cost $32,000.

Don Ward said that Dave Jordan had spoken with him several months ago saying that he would like to see the bridge raised. Mr. Ward said that he told Mr. Jordan that the county needs financial commitments from businesses and if this doesn’t happen the project will not get done. Mr. Ward said that he got the impression that Dave Jordan was going to take the ball and run with it to get the project done.

After reviewing the minutes from the last meeting discussing Tioga Bridge, the Commissioners found that the SFLECC did make a commitment of $17,000 to have the engineering study done and if the construction came in at $40,000 then they would go back to their board to try to come up with that money.

Commissioner Heimlich said that he thought that the $17,000 was given to them, SFLECC, from Mr. Barker as the price to have the engineering work done.

White County Attorney George Loy asked Don Ward to stay after the meeting so they can make some telephone calls.


White County Public Health Coordinator Ed Gutwein appeared before the Commissioners saying that his grant for the Local Public Health Coordinator position program has been extended. The State has issued another contract for their services from November 1, 2007, thru the end of June 2008. This is called a “Bridge Contract” to form a District location so the local coordinator’s position will end in June 2008. He explained that there are ten Districts in the State of Indiana and we are in District 4 which is comprised of nine counties.


Donya Tirpak, Commissioners’ Assistant, presented a contract to the Commissioners for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 34 (GASBY 34) capital asset reporting for 2008. The cost of the contract for 2008 is $2,450.

  • Commissioner Schmierer made a motion to approve the contract with Government Fixed Asset Services for 2008, seconded by Commissioner Burton. Vote: Unanimous

There being no further business to come before the Commissioners, their meeting was adjourned.

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John C. Heimlich, President Steve Burton, Vice President Ron Schmierer, Member

ATTEST: _________________________________

Jill Guingrich, Auditor